- The definition of an excerpt is a quote from a book or film.
An example of excerpt is a passage from a novel.
- Excerpt is defined as to select quotations.
An example of excerpt is to choose a passage to cite in a research paper.
excerpt definition by Webster's New World
Origin: ; from Classical Latin excerptus, past participle of excerpere, to pick out, choose ; from ex-, out plush carpere, to pick, pluck ; from Indo-European an unverified form kerp- ; from base an unverified form (s)ker-, to cut, scrape from source harvest
- excerption noun
excerpt definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- To select or use (a passage or segment from a longer work).
- To select or use material from (a longer work).
Origin: From Middle English, excerpted, from Latin excerptus, past participle of excerpere, to pick out : ex-, ex- + carpere, to pluck; see kerp- in Indo-European roots.